Founded in 1977, ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. Our Core Values Statement: We believe that how we do our work is as important as what we do. To learn more about ZERO TO THREE, please visit our website at www.zerotothree.org.
The Senior Technical Assistance Specialist will implement ZERO TO THREE’s state policy priorities by providing technical assistance to states to assist them in making improvements to policies and systems to better support infants, toddlers and their families; conducting research and developing written materials for state audiences; tracking promising state initiatives to improve outcomes for young children and families; analyzing state policies; facilitating cross-state learning opportunities; and contributing to the overall work of the Policy Center.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Maintain an ongoing knowledge of infant-toddler policy issues and best practices.
Track and monitor promising state policies, practices, financing, and system-building efforts related to ZERO TO THREE’s state policy priorities.
Develop written materials such as policy briefs, articles highlighting innovative state initiatives, and technical assistance tools for state-level audiences.
Provide written, telephone, and in-person technical assistance to state leaders, including state agency staff, advocates, policymakers, and public-private partnerships.
Plan and facilitate cross-state meetings, webinars, conference calls, communities of practice, and other mechanisms for states to advance their policy and systems work through networking and cross-state learning.
Contribute to evaluation efforts of the State Policy Team and Policy Center as a whole.
Develop and strengthen relationships with leaders in states and partner organizations.
Contribute to cross-team Policy Center initiatives to strengthen connections between state, federal, and advocacy efforts.
Garner visibility for ZERO TO THREE and infant and toddler policy issues through presentations at conferences and meetings.
Contribute to grant proposals and reports to funders.
Perform other duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the Policy Center.
Skills and Experience
Minimum of ten years relevant work experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of state early childhood systems, policy issues, and programs.
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: early intervention, home visiting and family support, early care and education, or infant and early childhood mental health.
Experience working at a state level or working with states at a national level on early childhood policies and systems.
Experience planning, coordinating, and providing technical assistance, coaching or training.
Excellent group facilitation and public speaking skills.
Excellent analytic and writing skills.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities effectively.
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with individuals representing a range of backgrounds and skill levels.
Comfortable working as a member of a remote team.
Self-motivated, ability to work as part of a team and independently.
Ability to travel, including occasional overnight stays.
Encourages and practices critical thinking
Is self-reflective and empathic
Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results
Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others
Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior
Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization
Is curious and interested in exploring various ways of attacking problems and opportunities
Is committed to racial equity and inclusion
Bachelor’s degree in public policy, social work, early childhood or a related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is frequently required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also may need to remain seated for long periods of time, have the ability to perform repetitive motions, hold a writing instrument, and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. The employee may be required to walk, grasp objects, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach, stand, or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for preparing and analyzing data.
The work conditions described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. Depending on work location, the incumbent will typically work indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels or be subject to working conditions conducive to a home office. When travel is expected the incumbent will be exposed to outside environmental conditions during those times.
About ZERO TO THREE, National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.
OUR CORE VALUES STATEMENT
We believe that how we do our work is as important as what we do.
By embracing our values, every member of the ZERO TO THREE community contributes to a healthy and positive culture, a more successful organization, and better outcomes for infants, toddlers and their families.
Passion and persistence in helping infants and toddlers thrive
The centrality of healthy positive relationships, including:
A commitment to family in our work and in staff work-life balance
Consistent and authentic collaboration
Respectfulness, inclusiveness and diversity
The highest standards of excellence in our work, including:
Integrity, openness, honesty and transparency
Opportunities for leadership and professionalism
Evidence-based learning and reflection
The freedom to make and learn from mistakes